Richard serves as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP) and as the Director of the Veterans Administrative Law Division. He joined the MAP staff in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of the Division to help foster and grow the practice area. He is a graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
Public interest legal work, especially work related to veterans experiencing, and at-risk of experiencing, homelessness, is a passion for Richard. To him unequal access to justice is one of the gravest sins of our society. His passion has taken him from Minnesota to Chicago to Philadelphia. Previously Richard has worked with the Indian Child Welfare Law Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (St. Paul, MN), the Center for Disability & Elder Law (Chicago, IL), Philadelphia Legal Assistance (Philadelphia, PA), and the Homeless Advocacy Project (Philadelphia, PA). Of all his positions Richard has held as a law student, he has worked strongly in order to advocate on behalf of low-income individuals and individuals experiencing, and at risk of experiencing homelessness, especially veterans.
Richard joined the MAP staff, part-time, in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of the Veterans Administrative Law Division to help further establish and foster the organization’s practice. In September 2017, he became an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP), and full-time MAP staff member. His Fellowship project focuses on providing direct representation, education, and outreach to advocate for and assist low-income veterans in applying for service-connected pension benefits and discharge upgrades.
He holds a JD from the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and a B.A. in History & Legal Studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.